May 26, 2022

Nebraska Gov. to Call Special Session to Ban Abortion if Roe is Overturned

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R)
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) said on May 15 that he plans to call a special legislative session if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court. If this happens, Ricketts would direct state legislators to immediately outlaw all abortions without exception.

CNN's Dana Bash asked the governor directly on May 15th whether he would call a special session to ban abortion. The governor responded, “Well, if we do get Roe v. Wade overturned, I will work with our speaker of the legislature to have a special session and do more to protect preborn babies. We’ll have to see what the decision is before we could take further steps but that would certainly be my intention.”

Nebraska lawmakers attempted to pass a "trigger law" last month, but it failed by two votes.

“Nebraska is a pro-life state,” Ricketts said. “I believe life begins at conception, and those are babies too. If Roe v. Wade, which is a horrible constitutional decision, gets overturned by the Supreme Court, which we’re hopeful of, here in Nebraska, we’re going to take further steps to protect those preborn babies.”

“Including in the case of rape or incest?” Bash pressed. Ricketts replied, “They’re still babies, too. Yes. They’re still babies.”